Often I’m asked, why did you become a physical
therapist? I did not grow up thinking I always wanted to be a physical therapist, in fact like most kids, I was fascinated with planes and a pilot was probably what I said the most. As a son of a father who is an engineer, I did know what I didn’t want to be. You see, I was a hyper kid growing up, one that could never sit still, and the thought of sitting behind a desk at a computer in an office for 40 hours per week seemed dreadful.
My father has dealt with low back pain and leg pain as far as I can remember. Frequently as a child, he asked me to walk on his back to try to help with his pain or he had mom massage his legs because of muscle spasms. He began having significant difficulty walking across the room, which led to his back surgery. It was hard for me growing up seeing him wanting to be involved in the games of baseball or basketball in the backyard, but either hurting too bad to attempt it or if he did, being laid up for a week recovering. I began going to his physical therapy appointments with him and quickly learned this is what I wanted to “do when I grow up.”
The post I linked above is of major importance to me. Reading it alone is powerful, but looking deeper into the meaning is where I think it truly hits home. Often people thank me for “fixing” them, but I don’t view myself as a fixer or that I have this remarkable “gift”, I see myself as very passionate about what I do and like every physical therapist I like to help help people reach their goals. Sure there are treatments that require me doing something to you, but all in all, it’s just a step in the process of teaching you how to return to the things you want to do. A step to get me out of the picture and allow you to manage your symptoms or get rid of them all together. I want to get you back to spending more time and energy toward the ones you love or the things you love. It all comes back to why I got into therapy, helping dads get back to playing with kids in the backyard or kids returning to the sport they love.
If you think I can help you reach your goals...
Ryan Goodman is owner of Goodman Performance Therapy LLC and the Team Physical Therapist for the Columbus Blue Jackets with experience in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Injuries.